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Fellowship Opportunities

Associate Service Fellow


Atlanta Georgia

Apply by November 17, 2017

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization: National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Salary Range: $75,705-98,420 annually (RG-0601) GS-12 equivalent
Work Schedule: Full-time/ Monday-Friday
Appointment Type /
3 years, and is renewable not to exceed 10 total years
Bargaining Unit Status: Non-Bargaining Unit

Job Description

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of our people here and around the world.

Office of Infectious Diseases (OID), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) is seeking a highly qualified Associate Service Fellow (Epidemiologist) to join its team in the Division of STD Prevention, Program Development and Quality Improvement Branch (PDQIB). The Program Development and Quality Improvement Branch (PDQIB) is responsible for managing and overseeing programs that support health department STD prevention and control programs, clinical training centers, and the broader health care community. The Branch is comprised of three teams: Program, Evaluation, and Clinical. If selected, you will serve as Epi Prevention Specialist and an integral member of the Program Team.

Program Responsibility

The Program Team oversees DSTDP’s flagship STD cooperative agreement, “Improving Sexually Transmitted Disease Programs through Assessment, Assurance, Policy Development, and Prevention Strategies” (STD AAPPS). This cooperative agreement funds 59 state, local and territorial project areas to conduct assessment, assurance, and policy strategies related to STD prevention and control. The Program Team serves as a critical interface between these awardees and other Division staff and funded programs, such as the National Network of Prevention Training Centers and National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). The Program Team also focuses on knowledge translation, Data Driven Reviews, Rapid Feedback Reports, outbreak detection and response, continuous quality improvement, monitoring and technical support and assistance to funded programs, all to achieve program improvement.

As an Epi Prevention Specialist of the Program Team, you will be a part of an interdisciplinary group assigned to monitor and support the 59 AAPPS awardees. You will help implement a new model of program support to these awardees that emphasize data-driven approaches to program improvement including implementation and program science, quality improvement methods, data driven reviews, rapid feedback reports, outbreak detection, effective interventions, and science-based approaches. You will also work to foster peer-to-peer learning among awardees, and strengthen collaboration across the Division and with other CDC programs.

Eligibility Requirements

    • Both US citizens and non-US citizens are eligible.

Note 1: Non-US citizens who meet the degree and specified specialized experience requirements are eligible for noncompetitive appointments under this appointing authority.
Note 2: Citizens of countries on the Non-Aligned list (including China, India, and Switzerland) are eligible for this appointment. Citizens of countries that have been determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be State sponsors of terrorism will not be able to obtain a security clearance to work at CDC. Countries currently on this list are Iran, Sudan, and Syria. Visit the US Department of State website for more information.

  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • 10 percent travel may be required.
  • Language requirements? None
  • Medical requirements? None

Qualification Requirements

Experience Requirement

The Epi prevention specialist position is ideal for a public health professional who has experience with state or local health departments, and a keen interest in working with state and local health department awardees through new models of support. Also experience in infectious diseases, sexual or reproductive health, data analysis and using data for action is desirable. DSTDP has a commitment to support, build, and nurture a diverse and inclusive workplace as technology and scientific data advance.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

  • Experience working in state/local health programs strongly preferred.
  • Experience in communicable disease, sexual health or reproductive health strongly preferred.
  • Experience with data analysis and working with reportable disease data for public health action strongly preferred; knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology preferred.
  • Experience working with SAS or other statistical software packages strongly preferred.
  • Experience establishing relationships with partners for epidemiologic investigations preferred.
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment disseminating evidence-based practices in program reports/guidelines, publications, and conference presentations strongly desired.
  • Experience with program evaluation strongly desired.
  • Experience providing technical assistance and capacity building through grant or project management including monitoring of grant deliverables and budgets.
  • Experience with, or interest in applying systems thinking approaches to guide quality and performance improvement to advance public health programs.
  • Works well as part of a team and independently.
  • Excellent analytic, critical thinking, writing and public speaking skills.

Seasoned communicator, facilitator, collaborator and coordinator.

Education Requirement:

The successful candidate will possess a graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time you obtained the degree.

In addition to the above requirement, the candidate must also possess a Master’s degree and 1 year or more of post-graduate experience related to the work of the position.

Note: This position has an education requirement. Upon request, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades). We will accept unofficial transcripts in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Failure to submit transcripts or indicated college courses information will cause loss of consideration for this position.

Non-U.S. Education: If you are using education completed at non-U.S. colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must show that:

  • a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs has evaluated your education credentials; and
  • the private organization that evaluated your non-U.S. education determined that your education and program is equivalent to that gained in an accredited U. S. education program, or
  • the private organization that evaluated your non-U.S. education gave full credit for the courses you successfully completed at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Visit the US Department of State website for more information.



This position will be appointed under the Title 42 Authority, Section 209 (g). Salary and benefits are commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience, and are equivalent to the GS-12 pay scale range ($75,705-98,420 annually).


EEO Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


How to Apply

Email your cover letter, résumé (no more than 10 pages), college transcripts, and the contact information for two educational or professional references to Billy Litchfield at by Friday, November 17, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and interviews may be conducted.

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